Kentucky Legislature http://wkms.org en Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature http://wkms.org/post/public-school-teachers-mulling-pension-lawsuit-against-legislature <p>A group of Louisville teachers are planning to file a class-action lawsuit against the governor and leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly, claiming they violated the state's contract with teachers by deliberately underfunding teachers' retirement fund by billions of dollars.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:09:34 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40500 at http://wkms.org Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature Futurist Explains Concern Over Kentucky Legislative Issues http://wkms.org/post/futurist-explains-concern-over-kentucky-legislative-issues <div>Planner and futurist Ivan Potter worries about the impact on Western Kentucky of certain 2014 KY General Assembly bills, including those involving eminent domain, the public service commission, the budget and nuclear waste. He discusses the Kentucky political outlook with Kate Lochte on <em>Sounds Good</em>.</div><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:09:09 +0000 Kate Lochte 38767 at http://wkms.org Futurist Explains Concern Over Kentucky Legislative Issues Kentucky Lawmakers Say Senate Moves at Slower Pace than House http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-say-senate-moves-slower-pace-house <p>The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.&nbsp; As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:12:48 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 38262 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Say Senate Moves at Slower Pace than House Murray State Economist Joins Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group http://wkms.org/post/murray-state-economist-joins-kentucky-consensus-forecasting-group <p>A non-partisan team of seven economists from across the state, The Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group, works up projections used for state budget development and long-range planning by the Governor and the Kentucky legislature. &nbsp;Murray State Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Arthur J. Bauerfeind College of Business, Dr. Jim McCoy has begun work with the Group and we learn more about this, with Kate Lochte.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:50:40 +0000 Kate Lochte 34836 at http://wkms.org Murray State Economist Joins Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator http://wkms.org/post/meeting-set-review-sexual-harassment-complaints-against-kentucky-legislator <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">time&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_92978040" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">September 17th</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;in Frankfort. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today.&nbsp;Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.&nbsp; Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:58:52 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 34659 at http://wkms.org Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator Gov. Beshear Recalls State Legislators For Special Redistricting Session http://wkms.org/post/gov-beshear-recalls-state-legislators-special-redistricting-session <div>Kentucky&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">lawmakers will &nbsp;return to Frankfort on August </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for a special session to address legislative and judicial redistricting. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a press release issued Thursday, Governor &nbsp;Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said he wants lawmakers to have an agreement in place before the start of the session so that it lasts only five days and minimizes the cost to the taxpayers.</span></div><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:06:21 +0000 Rob Canning 32324 at http://wkms.org Gov. Beshear Recalls State Legislators For Special Redistricting Session Gun Control Forum - Full Discussion Online http://wkms.org/post/gun-control-forum-full-discussion-online <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wkms/files/201302/wkms-gun-control-discussion.mp3">Click here to download the Mp3</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on Sounds Good, we welcomed a panel of local representatives to speak about the issue of gun control from their respective areas of expertise. Our guests were&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Llena Chavis, licensed clinical social worker and a faculty member in Murray State's Department of Social Work; Dave Howe, Murray Police Department's Crime Prevention Sergeant; and Tracy McKinney, co-owner of First Choice Firearms in Murray. State Representative Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville was initially on the panel, but had to cancel to due to scheduling conflicts. Thank you to everyone who wrote to us or called in with questions.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:34:30 +0000 Chad Lampe 28430 at http://wkms.org Gun Control Forum - Full Discussion Online Front Page Sunday 1/13 http://wkms.org/post/front-page-sunday-113 <p>Starting a new job is usually a pretty stressful proposition. Now imagine that starting that new job involves having to tackle some of the most contentious issues facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We’ll speak with someone who doesn’t have to imagine that: former Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, who now represents Kentucky’s 1st State Senate District.&nbsp;Also, Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston will rundown the top stories he covered last week in Frankfort. &nbsp;Plus, we’ll learn about some big changes happening at Murray’s City Police Department.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:09:33 +0000 Chad Lampe & Todd Hatton 26744 at http://wkms.org Front Page Sunday 1/13 The Morning Cram [56th quadrennial peaceful revolution edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-56th-quadrennial-peaceful-revolution-edition <p></p><p><strong>From NPR: </strong>Winning matters. Having earned a second term, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/11/07/164444409/for-obama-vindication-but-not-a-mandate">President Obama</a> will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration. But having won the popular vote by a bare majority — and still facing a divided Congress — Obama may find it difficult to gather momentum for his policies. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:12:43 +0000 Shelly Baskin 24216 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [56th quadrennial peaceful revolution edition] Williams Interested in Judicial Appointment http://wkms.org/post/williams-interested-judicial-appointment-0 <p>A spokesman for Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Williams would consider a judicial appointment if Governor Steve Beshear offered the position. Williams and Beshear are bitter rivals. And rumors have been swirling in Frankfort that Beshear is planning to offer Williams an open circuit court seat in his southern Kentucky district. Williams is a trial lawyer by trade. And earlier this week, Kentucky Public Radio reported that Senate Republicans have already picked a successor should Williams leave. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:07:06 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) & Phillip M. Bailey (KPR) 22870 at http://wkms.org Williams Interested in Judicial Appointment